Issue Seven – March 2004

Paintings

By Nils Benson

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Balancing Act

By Iris Graville

Recently I received my membership card for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. The next day I deleted my name from a listserve for the state public health association. One rite of passage followed another as I make a living as a nurse, writer, and artist – a balancing act I’ve been refining for nearly ten years.

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The Sky Was A Brilliant Blue

By Alie Wiegersma Smaalders

Little Eva, her dark blond hair in pigtails, tagged along when her mother worked for the Sondervan family. The Sondervans had two maids and a cleaning lady, but Eva’s mother took care of special chores like washing the antique china or laundering the lace curtains. Everything in the house gleamed: the wooden floors, the tall windows, the copper kettles, the brass andirons, the silver candlesticks.

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Blood and Iron (excerpt)

By Richard Carter

ACT 1, SCENE 1:
Letterbox reveals VICKY.
Vicky “January 1864. Dear Mama, War with Denmark is a mistake, caused by the uncontrolled power of an unprincipled man.”
Distant cannonfire. Boom
Vicky “June 1866. War with Austria is deliberatel concocted. Bismarck uses conflict to unite the German peoples.”

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The City

By Colleen Smith Armstrong

i want that pulsing
white hot
kinetic
frenzied
pounding feet on concrete

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Mama, Please

By Colleen Smith Armstrong

the waves
crest in my head
spilling out of my ears
as i sleep.

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We Live In Unfinished Houses

By John Sangster

Each day we wade into life.
We have plans, of course!
Things we’ll get to,
get back to.

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Splitting Shakes

By John Sangster

Each day I pass the barn we built,
twenty-five years back,
my friend and I ­ he the craftsman,
the one who knew, who taught the city boy

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